Thursday, June 3, 2010

Perfect...but not really

We nearly saw a third perfect game this season. Well, we did. But not really.

Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was one out away from throwing the first-ever perfect game in Detroit Tigers history. And he did. Or he didn't.

Galarraga did his part. However, umpire Jim Joyce called Cleveland's Jason Donald safe (when he was clearly out).

Joyce handled it like a man, apologizing to Galarraga saying he "cost that kid a perfect game."

While this error is another reminder of why baseball should have instant replay, Ian O'Connor of ESPN New York recommends that MLB commissioner Bud Selig intervene and reverse the call.

Considering the call happened on the last play (or what should have been the last play) of the game, O'Connor's recommendation makes sense.

It won't impact the outcome from a win-loss standpoint. But it will impact history.